On being a musician

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“I’m a musician.”
Is it something I do, or who I am?
I travel great distances to be with others like me
Make crazy detours to visit with like-minded friends
Steal a few hours from “real life” to indulge
Revel in the resonance of voices perfectly tuned
Exult in the thrill of a complex duet
Improvised on shimmering strings.

To others music seems indulgent,
Merely a part-time pasttime.
For those who know, it is joy.

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